Seiko has done a great job with their Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081
In fact this was one of the few times where I instantly fell in love the watch and decided to pick it up immediately without actually reviewing one in the store. I have used it over the last six months and I really love this watch.
Feature and Functionality of Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081
The Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081 has a large black dial and has good chunky look to it, the entire case minus the top of the lugs are made of high quality stainless steel, which is rather shiny but I prefer it this way as it goes very well with your dress shirts and suit. The hardlex crystal is non reflective and is slightly domed, you will typically not notice this, unless viewed from an angle. Overall it is extremely attractive and sporty.
I just love the color of this band, the band is made of strong and durable calf-skin leather which is also water-resistant. I once got caught in a sudden thunderstorm and I must say that the band did an excellent job of repelling the rain and I was able to easily, completely dry the watch later using a Microfiber cloth. The watch itself is water resistant up to 10 bar which translates to 335 feet of water.
The Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081 runs on solar power, the solar panels itself is concealed so you cannot see them, which is really good. I store the watch in the closet for extended period of time which of course does not receive any sunlight or indoor light. Despite this the watch has never had any problem with the power.
Rotating Compass Bezel
There is no magnetic or digital compass, instead this Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081 features a rotating compass bezel. The North, South, East and West directions are manually calculated using the Sun. To find the complete instructions of how to calculate the direction using the compass bezel please refer the Seiko manual. This compass bezel is operated via the large crown on the top left of the watch.
The major negative about this crown, is that it won’t “lock” into place, which means it will spin freely, actually too easily or freely so you will find it moves the compass points around while wearing the watch together with a long sleeve jacket or dress shirt. It would have been a lot wiser to have a clicking rotating bezel that would lock itself in a position rather than this crown based variant. It is not a real big deal, but if you intend to use the compass function than it is a let off.
Chronograph and Dials
The upper right button is used to start and stop the chronograph. The lower right button is used to reset the chronograph and to set the alarm time. The alarm is 12 hour based and is not loud enough to wake you up in the mornings but yis helpful as a reminder chime.
The alarm graph at the bottom of the face is also used as a duplicate current time, the small minute hand moves, actually “jumps” once every minute, this is a cool function. So, if the alarm is “set” the alarm time will appear, but if the current time is showing the alarm is “off” so you know at a glance, no guessing.
The small graph at the left inside the “9” position measures the seconds, it’s kinda cool but it would be better if it had more reference points other than the top tiny triangle indicating the “12” position. The last graph located at the 12″ clock position of the dial measures the elapsed chronograph time in minutes.
The minute and hour hands are luminous as are the numerals, they glow quite well and maintain the lumen very well.
Pricing and Warranty of Seiko Solar Chronograph Mens Watch SSC081
I think this watch is reasonably priced especially considering that it is a solar chronograph watch. The prices on Amazon are quite competitive, I only paid $160 when I picked it up in March of this year.
Watches sold on Amazon or any other 3rd party online stores don’t come with any official manufacturer warranty, that you would typically get when you buy a watch from a brick and mortar store. The vendor selling the watch on Amazon will usually provide a one or two year warranty on the watch, but this is again not a manufacturer warranty and it is really up to you to ship the product to the vendor’s location in case you run into a problem with your watch.
I have bought several watches on Amazon and generally I have never had any problem with them. Besides the price difference between Amazon and physical stores is typically so high that with the money saved you can easily cover the cost of any possible repairs, if they come up in the future.
Overall the watch is an excellent buy. Let us know what you think?